Robert Downey Jr. to Star in ‘THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE’
Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. will lead Universal Pictures’ upcoming THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE.
Based on the physician character who can talk to animals from the 1920s’s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting, the family adventure will be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) from a script he wrote based on an earlier version by Tom Shepherd. The material was previously used for the expensive 1967 musical flop Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison, as well as the 1998 remake starring Eddie Murphy, which had a 2001 sequel Doctor Dolittle 2, as well as several direct-to-video follow-ups starring Kyla Pratt.
Universal won the rights to make The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle after a heated bidding war between studios. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will be producing under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.
Downey Jr. will be seen next reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel/Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel.